The scene at a job fair in Marietta, Ga., last November.
January 16, 2014 The good news is that it appears layoffs are not piling up too rapidly. The bad news is that new jobs aren't either.
Sign of the times? A "help wanted" sign in the window of a Philadelphia business last year.
January 10, 2014 The unemployment rate is the lowest it's been since late 2008, but the labor force has shrunk. That could be a sign that many Americans still think there just aren't that many job openings out there.
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Looking for work in Florida. At a November career fair in West Palm Beach, this man had a job application in hand.
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January 9, 2014 It's the last bit of employment news before Friday's report about job growth and the jobless rate in December. Economists expect to hear that the unemployment rate stayed at 7 percent and that 195,000 jobs were added to payrolls.
Job seekers have their resumes reviewed at a job fair expo in Anaheim, Calif., in June 2012.
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January 8, 2014 The payroll processing firm ADP says in its latest report that December saw 238,000 jobs added, the strongest monthly gains of last year.
November 8, 2013 Employers expanded their payrolls by 204,000 jobs in October, about 80,000 more than expected. But the jobless rate still edged up to 7.3 percent from 7.2 percent the month before. The unemployment rate appears to have been given a temporary boost by the partial government shutdown.
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Looking for work: The scene at a job fair earlier this month in Emeryville, Calif.
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October 30, 2013 Just 130,000 jobs were added to private payrolls this month, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report. In addition, the September gain was revised down.
People looking for work were filling out applications earlier this month at a career fair in Emeryville, Calif.
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October 22, 2013 Though only 148,000 more people were on employers' payrolls, the unemployment rate still dipped to 7.2 percent from 7.3 percent a month earlier. The report, which was delayed more than two weeks because of the partial government shutdown, is the latest look at how the economy is faring.
The scene earlier this month at a job fair in Sunrise, Fla.
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October 22, 2013 Figures for September are to be released Tuesday morning. The data were delayed by the government shutdown. Economists expect to hear that the jobless rate was unchanged from August's 7.3 percent.
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This gas station in Encinitas, Calif., was looking to hire last month.
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October 2, 2013 The data in the ADP National Employment Report are likely to be the only clues this week about how strong the labor market was last month. The partial government shutdown means the Labor Department is unlikely to release its figures.
Ricky Gervais, who played the role of boss David Brent in the original British version of The Office.
September 6, 2013 One job seeker up for a sales job at a U.K. electronics firm tells of "doing rubbish robotics in my suit in front of a group of strangers."
A recruiter for Cigna greets a job seeker at a career fair in Philadelphia over the summer.
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September 6, 2013 The news is close to, but a bit less strong, than what economists had been expecting. Within the report, though, was a troubling revision: It's now estimated that just 104,000 jobs were added to payrolls in July, not the 162,000 previously thought.
The scene last month at a "Beyond the Dream" job fair in Brooklyn, N.Y. Data on the month's job growth and unemployment rate are due Friday morning.
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September 6, 2013 As soon as the August jobs report is released Friday morning, speculation will begin about how the central bank will react.
September 5, 2013 An employment survey shows 176,000 more jobs on private employers' payrolls. The increase was less than July's estimated 198,000 gain. Meanwhile, the number of first-time claims for jobless benefits dipped last week and remain near a five-year low.
Thousands descended on a job fair in Shanghai earlier this year. This summer nearly 7 million people graduated from Chinese colleges, but jobs are harder to find than in previous years.
August 22, 2013 Young Chinese are graduating in record numbers, but the country's once-red-hot economy has cooled. And critics say because many young Chinese have known only booming growth and have higher expectations than earlier generations, they don't show much commitment to looking for work — echoing a complaint about millennials in the U.S.
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At a job fair in Los Angeles last month, job seekers filled out applications.
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July 5, 2013 There were 195,000 jobs added to payrolls last month, but the unemployment rate was 7.6 percent. That was unchanged from May.
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